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Pedagogical Leadership in Africa (PedaL) is a partnership of eight institutions whose aim is to catalyse systemic change in teaching and learning in African universities. The Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) is the Prime Agency, leading 7 other partners including Alliance for Research Universities in Africa (ARUA), Institute of Development Studies (IDS) of the University of Sussex, UK; as well as five implementing partner universities. The implementing partner universities are namely, the University of Ghana in Ghana, University of Ibadan in Nigeria, University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Egerton University in Kenya and Uganda Martyrs University in Uganda. PedaL was designed around four phases, namely planning and delivery preparations; training and graduated roll out of PedaL in social science programmes of 5 core partner universities; sustainability planning and scale-up; and finally evaluation as the last phase. The project has been in operation since July 2017 and is expected to end in September 2021.
Purpose of the Assignment
PedaL embodies three key interventions: training; application of newly learnt teaching and learning methods (PedaL pedagogy) to deliver social science programmes; and leadership that entails influencing others to replicate PedaL for greater impact. The consultant/evaluator will lead the evaluation of PedaL with the view to provide information and knowledge about what has been achieved, how, and what lessons to derive from this, for the partnership and other stakeholders. The evaluation will go beyond impact in line with the PedaL theory of change to establishing the mechanisms under which the results have been achieved. The evaluation will further seek to understand what elements of PedaL have contributed significantly to the transformation of teaching and learning in the target higher education institutions; and how positive relationships and trends that have emerged can be sustained and enhanced.
Findings and conclusion from the evaluation will be shared with the PedaL and SPHEIR partnerships as well as wider interested groups including higher education institutions, networks, and knowledge systems in Africa and beyond.
Scope of the Work
The evaluation should review all aspects in line with the PedaL theory of change from its inception in May 2018 to date. The consultant will be expected to implement a robust evaluation approach that would yield defensible and credible findings. The project evaluation will cover the quality and quantity of PedaL outputs spanning all university programmes that have implemented PedaL across the continent. The teaching staff trained and others that they have engaged as well as the students who have participated in target PedaL programmes will also be engaged; so will other stakeholders such as potential employers and policymakers at different levels. PedaL has trained over 1,000 teaching staff from the five implementing partner universities (University of Dar es Salaam, Egerton University, University of Ghana, University of Ibadan and Uganda Martyrs University) and more than 50 other African universities. PedaL evaluation will be aimed at establishing the impact of project interventions specifically on 25 graduate social science programmes of the five universities, as well as the spillover effect on other programmes within and without the core universities. The focus will also be on the range of outcomes leveraged from PedaL and the extent to which these outcomes can be sustained to create the expected impact. The evaluation, which is to begin in August, is estimated to last for a maximum of 5 months, with the final report expected out by March 2021.
The evaluation will be aimed at establishing, among other things the effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability and impact of PedaL:
The consultant will need to explore intended and unintended outcomes for purposes of accountability and, more importantly, for learning within and beyond the partnership.
Accordingly, the objectives of the evaluation are to:
The evaluation will use these five standard criteria: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability.
Method of the Evaluation
The impact of PedaL is expected to be assessed through teaching staff and students’ perceptions of learning experiences and assessment of student learning outcomes. These will be explored through teaching staff and student surveys, review of teaching and learning materials, review of student and teaching staff artifacts as well as in-depth case studies, and other process tracing methodologies. Although a theory-based approach is preferred for PedaL evaluation, the consultant will be expected to apply a mixed methods approach to allow for triangulation. Whichever the methods applied, the consultant should be able to explore how different dimensions of the project (such as structures and processes) work together to produce the desired outcomes and impact as well as test the underlying assumptions. It is envisaged that beyond measuring results, it will be possible to understand how and why these results have/have not been achieved, implying the need for an adaptive methodology. The evaluation methodology may, therefore, include contribution analysis (as a mandatory method), interviews, desk reviews, case studies, change/impact stories, case studies, institutional visits, focus group discussions, key informant interviews, and analysis of administrative data, among others.
The evaluator will be expected to include in the inception report a detailed statement of the method of evaluation showing how each of the evaluation objectives and questions will be answered.
Roles and Responsibilities
PedaL partnership will be responsible for:
The consultant will be responsible for:
The expected timelines for delivery will be:
|An Inception Report||The inception report should capture the intervention logic based on desk reviews, the ToR, and other project documents. The consultant’s initial thoughts on the evaluation approach design should also be included.||10 working days from the time the contract is awarded.|
|A detailed proposed evaluation plan||A comprehensive plan that captures the timings of evaluation tasks and the associated deliverables including, data collection, analysis, reporting, and dissemination of the evaluation results.||1 working day|
|Managing data collection||Executing the proposed evaluation plan so to collect data that meets all the data quality criteria of validity, integrity, precision, reliability, and timeliness.||30 working days|
|Data analysis||Data cleaning, processing, and analysis in response to the evaluation questions and objectives.||10 working days|
|A draft Evaluation Report||A complete draft evaluation report should be available to be discussed among the relevant stakeholders in order to provide comments.||14 working days|
|Final Evaluation Report||The report should include, but not limited to the following content areas:
||The final evaluation report should be submitted by March 5, 2021.|
Required Expertise & Qualification
The consultant will work in close consultation with PedaL Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Officer, who will backstop on all the issues of planning, execution, and reporting of the evaluation findings.
Budget and Payment Terms
The proposal should include a detailed budget in GPB, specifying all the costs, and any applicable taxes required to execute the scope of work and obtain the deliverables. The consultant should provide a breakdown of costs by tasks (for example, data collection, data cleaning, data analysis, report preparation, etc.). Payments will be phased based on tasks and approved deliverables.
Interested applicants who meet the job requirements and qualifications and with the right personal attributes are invited to complete and submit the following:
All applications should be sent to PASGR firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30, 2020. Quote “EOI -PedaL Evaluation” in the subject line of your email.
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